Chelsea Flower Show and artificial grass

Landscaping has changed over the years and if there’s one place to go to see the changing landscape of garden design, it’s the Chelsea Flower Show. If you want to feast your eyes on innovative garden design, new plants and flowers, and take some tips home with you, it’s definitely worth a visit.

If you don’t know much about the world’s most prestigious flower show, let us give you a quick overview of the Chelsea Flower Show.

  • Founded in 1804, the show is organised by the Royal Horticultural Society.
  • The very first Chelsea Flower Show was held in 1913.
  • The only time it hasn’t been held in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea is during the two world wars.
  • Three firms from the very first show still exhibit today: McBean’s Orchids, Blackmore & Langdon and Kelways Plants.
  • Despite the Great Pavilion being large enough to park 500 London buses, it’s actually not the UK’s largest flower show!
  • That title is reserved for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show.

Traditionally, artificial products have been a massive no-no at the show, however, in 2010, for the very first time in its 148-year history, the show permitted artificial grass to be used in a garden design. Previously, the only time artificial grass was found at the show was on trade stands, and even then it was only occasionally.

The inclusion of artificial turf at the most prestigious flower show in the world highlights the prevalence and the rise in popularity of artificial grass in landscaping and garden design. We wonder if it will become a regular occurrence in the show? Artificial grass in Bromsgrove is already popular, as well as across the whole of the UK, so it would make sense.